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Deaths

Christopher David Webster (K50-53)

  • When
    20 February 2024
  • Where
    Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  • Age
    87
  • Story

He died peacefully, at the age of 87, in Victoria, British Columbia 20 February 2024. He leaves behind his wife, Dianne Macfarlane; his sons, Tim and Paul; daughter-in-law, Margaret (Tim); grandson, Michael; and granddaughter, Rosa. He was tragically predeceased by his grandson, Thomas Webster, in April 2023.

Deaths

Brian Leslie Stannard (G54-63)

  • When
    27 November 2022
  • Age
    78

Brian was born in Ipswich in 1944 and spent all his early years in Framlingham. He went to Brandeston Hall and then to Framlingham College where he developed his love of languages, particularly German. He took French and German at ‘A’ level although he would have liked to have taken a science subject as well, this was not available at the time. He obtained a degree in French and German at King’s College London and then studied for the Kew Diploma at Kew Gardens. After successfully completing the course, he joined the Gardens on a permanent basis as a taxonomic botanist working in the Herbarium. He met his wife to be Oona while living in Kew and they were married in November 1975.

His work at Kew involved many trips around the world. He worked in herbaria in Russia, Australia, New York, Cameroon and Brazil. His work also involved field trips to collect, identify and catalogue plant specimens. Initially his work took him to Malaysia and Africa. On one trip to Kenya the group accidentally strayed across the border into Uganda and were intercepted by troops from Idi Amin’s army. On another to Cameroon he was taken to a local restaurant by one of the local botanists. He did not know what he was eating but was, at the end of the meal, startled to hear his host declare that it was the best armadillo he had ever eaten. After Africa he then made several trips to South America, in particular Brazil, becoming fluent in Portuguese whilst there. Again, these trips were not without incident. One of his first trips was to Venezuela just after the Falkland’s War. Oona had arranged to fly to Caracas to have a holiday with him at the conclusion of the expedition. Oona had not heard from him for several months but that was no surprise considering the location of the trip and the lack of available communication systems at that time. She was, however, surprised to be met by staff from the British Embassy in Caracas who told her they had expected Brian to have already been back but communication was proving difficult. They admitted that they were concerned for his safety. A short while later a car arrived from the Embassy and she was told to pack up and go to the embassy. They had received word that Brian and others were presumed dead and they needed to break the news to her. As she was getting in the car an emaciated dishevelled man appeared from the street – Brian. It turned out that the expedition was a cover for nefarious activities by one of the organisers. He had appropriated the helicopter used to ferry the scientists into the jungle and had abandoned them on the top of a mountain without any food or many supplies. They had to eat monkey and anything that they could forage as they made their slow and perilous way down the mountain and back to civilisation.

In addition to his travels Brian was scientific coordinator on the development and building of a new wing for Kew’s herbarium. He was also involved in the writing of a number of scientific papers, his most significant work was probably much of the writing, editing and bringing to publication a book on the Flora of the Pico Das Almas, Brazil.

In addition to his work at Kew he loved to travel, including making frequent visits back to Suffolk, going to the theatre, sport – he was a hockey blue at King’s, and dining out, and being with family and friends.

For the last twelve years of his life he coped valiantly with Parkinson’s disease refusing to be defined by it, continuing to travel and enjoy a good social life.

Brian passed away 27th November 2022.

Deaths

Clive Carrington Simpson (K49-53)

  • When
    15 January 2024
  • Where
    Halstead, Essex
  • Age
    85

His daughter Jayne sadly advises us that Clive passed away peacefully on 15th January 2024 aged 85 years.  Clive was part of a long line of ‘Simpsons’ who have attended Framlingham college from 1865 onwards.  He followed his father Frank, and brother Guy to the college and always spoke very fondly of his time spent there.

Clive built a career as an Agricultural Engineer, initially with Eastern County Farmers in Ipswich, and latterly, for many years, with Carriers in Braintree.  He gained a considerable reputation in his field of designing and building grain driers and material elevators used in both agriculture and manufacturing.  He became an expert advisor to Essex University and assisted in setting up a degree course in Agricultural Engineering,  and went on to lecture there and at Writtle College.

Clive enjoyed a long and happy marriage to Judy.  He is survived by his children Jayne and Richard, and grandchildren Guy and Kate.

Deaths

Andrew Clive Slater (G63-67)

  • When
    27 October 2023
  • Where
    Zimbabwe
  • Age
    74

We have been advised by solicitors that he died in Zimbabwe on 27 October 2023.  He was buried at The Old Cemetery Ipswich on 4th December 2023. No other details know.

Deaths

John Percy Ineson (G43-50)

John Percy Ineson (G43-50) passed away peacefully on 8th March 2024, aged 90. He was husband to Diana, father to Mark and Jane and grandfather to Tom, Rory, Isabella and Archie. The funeral service is at St Edmund’s Chapel, West Suffolk Crematorium on Tuesday 2nd April at 3.00pm and afterwards at The Cadogan Arms, The Street, Ingham, Bury St Edmunds IP31 1NG.

John was in touch with the Society only a couple of months ago about his subscription for the OF Newspaper.  Prior to that he attended a mini supper gathering organised by James Ruddock-Broyd (G46-52) in July 2019 and the picture was taken at that event.

James reported at the time “The first invitee was John Ineson (G43-50) of Assington whom I had seen regularly since my mother approached him amongst 100 boys on Ipswich station on the first day of term in September 1946 asking John to “Look after little James on his first day.”.  James also reports that “John had a whole room for his memorabilia on the Boer Wars”.  He also collected Fram stuff and his lists of boys in the school photos of his time were handed to me and I tidied them up and passed them on to Archives a few years ago.”

John’s mother was a Church and he was the seed analyst director at the seed merchants W A Church (Bures) Ltd with the contemporary Church brother OFs, Brian (R50-53), Anthony (R52-56) and David (R53-60).

He was a member of Sudbury Round Table, Sudbury Philatelic Society, Sudbury Conservative Club, Hon Sec for Bures and District Agricultural Club, District Commissioner Sudbury and District Boy Scouts and West Suffolk Youth Advisory Committee.

In connection with his interest in philately he amassed a major collection of stamps and wrote a book “Paper Currency of the Anglo Boer War, 1899-1902” which is included in the Distinguished section of the website.

His involvement with scouting has led to the following tribute being posted by Colin Walker “I am very sad indeed to pass on the news of the death of my great friend in Scouting John Ineson.  John was 91 years old [he was 90]. He joined Suffolk Scouting aged 16 remaining in the County for the rest of his life.  He was a  Rover and then a Scout Leader in Bures, Suffolk where he was  one of the  first to arrange for his Group to go to camp on an international air flight. He was an early member of the Scout and Guide Stamp Club becoming its President and very  well known internationally.

He was awarded the Silver Wolf and was an International Commissioner,  very active in the return of Hungary to the Scouting family after the fall of communism. He helped found the Mafeking Museum and was responsible for the campaign to provide a  headstone for the  grave of Sergeant Major Warner Goodyear, the only Mafeking Cadet Baden-Powell ever named.  (Warner Goodyear appeared on a Mafeking ‘Blue’ stamp). 

John without question had  one of the best and widest collections of Scouting items ever assembled including pottery, stamps, postcards, cigarette cards, Baden-Powell artefacts and letters etc etc  He was a personal friend of many members of the Baden-Powell family and most generous with his time and encouragement to all with a quest for knowledge. Our thoughts are with his wife Diana and family.  He will be most sadly missed.”

Deaths

Professor Stephen Hugh Salter MBE (R50-56)

Stephen Hugh Salter, MBE, FRSE, Emeritus Professor of Engineering Design at the University of Edinburgh, was born 7 December 1938, and passed away peacefully on 23 February 2024, at the age of 85.

Deaths

David Anthony Reeve (G55-57)

  • When
    5 March 2024
  • Where
    Suffolk
  • Age
    83
We have been notified by his nephew that his uncle, David Reeve, of Ixworth, Suffolk, died on 5 March 2024 aged 83. Funeral is at St Mary’s Church in Ixworth at 2pm on Thursday 21st March with drinks afterwards at the Pykerrel pub.
His nephew has provided the following :

David Anthony Reeve was born on 9th February 1941 at Dover Farm House in Ixworth.

David grew up on the family farm in Ixworth together with sister Janet but at an early age went to boarding school at Moreton Hall in Bury St Edmunds. He didn’t particularly enjoy Moreton Hall but from there he progressed to board at Eversley School in Southwold, and so began a life long affection with the Suffolk seaside town, only emulated by his connection with Ixworth. One of dad’s vivid childhood memories was seeing the 1953 east coast floods rise to within feet of his boarding house. Framlingham College was next and then onto Shuttleworth College in Bedfordshire before coming back to Ixworth to work on the farm. David had great fondness for his days at both Framlingham and Shuttleworth, going fairly regularly to reunions over the next half century after leaving.

David came back to the farm, working with father George. Shortly after marrying Jeannie, David and his young family moved into a house in Ixworth which David had been renovating and restoring. It is the oldest house in Ixworth, would remain their home for over 50 years. Apart from Boarding Schools, Shuttleworth College, and more recently Fornham House Care Home, David lived his entire life in Ixworth.

Outside work on the farm, David invested himself in various aspects of local village and farming life, apart from YFC, he was Churchwarden and on the Church Council of the village church for many years, a Parish Councillor, and one time chair. There was also the National Farmers Union and local Conservative Association of which he was an active member.

David and his wife Jeannie had 2 children, James and Christopher, and fostered their nephew, Edward, following David’s sister, Janet, passing away when he was young. They had 7 grandchildren.

Unfortunately David spent his final few years following the pandemic with declining health, mainly due to dementia. He passed away at Fornham Care Home, near Bury St Edmunds aged 83

Deaths

Keith John Maunder (K58-62)

  • When
    27 January 2024
  • Where
    Suffolk
  • Age
    79

Keith died on 27 January 2024 at the age of 79.  His funeral is at Henstead Pavilion, The Old Rectory, Hulver Road, Beccles, Suffolk, NR35 7LA at 2.30pm on 15 March 2024.

Deaths

Edward Fox (G46-52)

  • When
    1 February 2024
  • Where
    Suffolk
  • Age
    88

Norman Mayhew has advised us that Edward sadly passed away on 1 February 2024.  Ted Fox and George Gooderham married the sisters of Clive Cooksey (K54-61). No more information at this stage on funeral.

Edward appears to have run Primrose Hill Farm Boarding Kennels & Catteries at Hemingstone, Suffolk.

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